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August 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Toxin closes Quartermaster Harbor to shellfish harvesters

Public health officials have closed the Quartermaster Harbor beaches between Vashon and Maury islands to shellfish harvesters after discovering high rates of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison, a toxin that causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The closure applies to all shellfish: clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and scallops. Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison has historically been a problem in Europe, but has become an emerging threat…

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January 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Campaign urges parents to ask about guns in playmates’ homes

Seattle anti-gun violence advocates on Wednesday launched a campaign to encourage parents to ask about the presence of a gun before allowing their children to play at a friend’s home. The yearlong ASK (Asking Saves Lives)-Washington campaign will include posters, print advertisements, social-media messages and the training of “a cadre of ASKvangelists” to promote the idea…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: gun safety, parenting, public health

October 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

E. coli cases linked to pumpkin patch in Longview

The Associated Press LONGVIEW – Health officials in are investigating one confirmed case and another probable case of E. coli-related illness in children who visited a pumpkin patch and petting zoo. Cowlitz County health officials say two children became ill after visiting the Willow Grove Gardens Pumpkin Patch and petting zoo in Longview earlier this month. Laboratory results…

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October 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Tuberculosis in King County, at 30-year low, still among highest in U.S.

A concerted effort by Public Health – Seattle & King County to successfully treat tuberculosis cases has pushed rates in King County last year to a 30-year low, officials say. Despite that effort, King County still has one of the highest rates in the nation of this communicable disease, and one out of every six cases last year was resistant to at…

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February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Intestinal illness hits attendees of Everett cheerleading event

An unknown number of people who attended a statewide cheerleading competition at Everett’s Comcast Arena on Saturday have become ill, and state and local health officials are investigating a possible intestinal-illness outbreak. The symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. The Washington State Department of Health and the Snohomish Health District are investigating. Health officials say thousands of people…

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